The three most important phrases in the world – Do you use them enough?

There are no nicer or more powerful phrases in the English language to use than the following:

  • “Thank you”
  • “I am proud of you”
  • “I appreciate you” or “I appreciate your efforts”

These magical words do not only make other people feel good, but they serve as a strong motivational force. But, if saying “thank you”, “I am proud of you” and “I appreciate you” is so powerful, why don’t we say them more often?

Do we forget to do so because we are too preoccupied with ourselves? Has this silenced our voice of gratitude and appreciation? Here’s the good news – Developing the habit of saying these powerful words not only benefits others, but, like all gifts that we give, it benefits ourselves as well.

Develop the habit of using them often and using them with meaning.

John Lloyd is author of Smart Thinking for Crazy Times. Buy a copy at a smart bookstore near you today. Subscribe to his free tri-monthly E-zine at

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